The National Allergy Strategy describes a shared care model as a patient centred approach to care that uses the skills and knowledge of a range of health care professionals who share joint responsibility with the patient, ensuring the patient receives the right care, at the right time, from the right health professional(s), in the right place.
The National Allergy Strategy proposes that a shared care model approach may be required to improve access to health care for people living with allergic conditions in Australia. In 2018, the National Allergy Strategy received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to scope a shared care model for the management of allergic conditions in Australia.
The proposed strategy is to scope the requirements for a shared care model for allergy in Australia to:
- understand how allergy care is currently delivered, and what gaps and local variation exist in access, quality, education and training;
- identify and understand any issues with the current delivery of allergy care from consumer, patient/carer and health care professional perspectives;
- explore how to improve access to care for people with allergic conditions (particularly those in rural and remote areas); and
- determine whether shared care (and the education and training support to go with it), could improve access to quality care for people with allergic conditions.
The first phase of the consultation process is now complete. Thank you to everybody who completed the shared care model surveys for consumers, patients/carers, health care professionals, health administrators, educators and researchers. We look forward to understanding more about the current delivery of allergy services in Australia from your responses.
The surveys were part of a broader consultation process to consider whether a shared care model for allergic conditions might help to improve access to care and quality of care. Further face to face consultation will take place with invited patient and consumer representatives and health professional bodies and organisations (public and private sectors) in April 2019.
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Content created 21 February 2019